Bay Ridge Food Cart Manager Says He Won’t Leave Block Despite Pressure From Businesses

April 3, 2012 12:00 AM

Bay Ridge Food Cart Manager Says He Won’t Leave Block Despite Pressure From Businesses
" NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — It’s a case of street vendor vs. local businesses in Brooklyn. A turf war is brewing in Bay Ridge, where some local brick and mortar stores are saying one cart is causing trouble.

The corner of 86th Street and 5th Avenue becomes a popular place to grab something quick to eat at lunch time.

“It’s great and it’s fresh and they’re very sweet and they’re very pleasant to deal with,” resident Maria Hernandez said.

The halal food cart at the location has been on the same corner for the past three years, but in the past three months, some local businesses have been vocal about getting the cart to leave.

They’re kind of taking away from all the local businesses — Burger King, McDonald’s, the pizzeria, the Pork Store, everyone,” Tony Gentile, owner of the Lone Star Bar, told CBS 2′s John Schriffen.

Gentile’s establishment is down the block from the cart and he said it is ruining the neighborhood’s quality of life.

“You can’t come down the block half the time because the corner is so crowded. There’s filth all over the floors,” he said "

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